The gallery has been updated with HD screencaps of Lili in the fourth episode of Riverdale entitled ‘Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show’. Enjoy!
On paper, Betty Cooper is a dream girl. She’s the sugar to Veronica Lodge’s spice. In the original Archie comics, she’s presented as the perfect girl next door, as sweet as apple pie and as interesting as vanilla ice cream. In prolific comics writer Mark Waid’s current Archie run, Betty is a pretty tomboy with big dreams who’s still hopelessly hung up on her best friend and ex, Archie Andrews. But The CW’s Riverdale gives us a version of Betty we haven’t seen before, one with depth and a whole lot of darkness.
Last week on the show, Betty (Lili Reinhart) went “full dark, no stars” on football player Chuck Clayton, nearly drowning him in a hot tub after losing her grip on reality. Of course, this isn’t the first time Riverdale has unleashed Dark Betty; she also snapped in Episode 2, when she threatened to kill Cheryl Blossom for making fun of her sister, Polly, who’s currently being treated in a mental hospital. The cracks in Betty’s perfect facade are worsening by the week, and the profundity of her misery is becoming clearer. This is not the Betty Cooper of yesteryear.
Reinhart chatted with MTV News about Dark Betty; the connection she shares with her soulmate, Veronica, and her best friend’s friend, Jughead; and why the last thing Betty needs is a relationship with Archie.
Betty has a lot of demons. In addition to dealing with her sister Polly’s breakdown, she’s also buckling under the weight of her mother’s excruciatingly high expectations and her own depression and anxiety. This is definitely a Betty Cooper we haven’t seen before, and it’s a type of female character we don’t see too often on television.
Lili Reinhart: I suffer from depression and anxiety, and having a show and having a character that portrays a young woman who is dealing with that and the consequences of it — how it affects her friendships and her relationships with her mom and her sister — it’s beautiful to see that. Someone who’s seemingly so perfect on the outside is very much broken on the inside and trying to piece themselves back together. That’s what Betty is doing in Season 1. She puts a lot of pressure on herself, and her mom puts a lot of pressure on her to be perfect, and it’s overwhelming for Betty. She definitely hits some breaking points. She’s just a young girl trying to navigate today’s world, and that’s hard. It’s hard for all of us.
A whole new side of Betty Cooper was revealed last night on Riverdale, and now the actress who plays the Archie Comics character in the CW series has added a whole new role to her resume.
Lili Reinhart has joined the Mélanie Laurent-directed Galveston to star alongside Ben Foster and Elle Fanning, I’ve learned. Riverdale‘s Betty Cooper will play Tiffany, the near-adult daughter Fanning’s character gave up years beforehand for adoption.
In the pic based on True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto’s 2010 novel, Foster portrays a New Orleans debt-collector who is trying to avoid being killed by his crime boss and goes on the run with a prostitute, played by Fanning. Reinhart’s character is also after Roy in a search to find out her own past.
Pizzolatto penned the screenplay for Galveston, which is set to start production next month.
Reinhart, who also recently starred in the SXSW pic Miss Stevens, is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Peikoff Mahan.
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaps of Lili in the third episode of Riverdale entitled ‘Chapter Three: Body Double’. Enjoy the new additions!
Thanks to Neide, the gallery has been updated with HD screencaps of Lili in the second episode of Riverdale entitled ‘Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil’. Enjoy!
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaps of Lili in the first episode of Riverdale entitled ‘Chapter One: The River’s Edge’. Enjoy!